“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

We naturally want to think the best of people. Unfortunately, the truth is that not everyone has good intentions and not everyone deserves our trust. In our modern world, it’s better to be safe than sorry. That’s where a professional PI comes in. Here are the top 7 reasons to hire a professional private investigator.

1. Business Background Checks – Investigate a potential employee, potential business partner or a business entity before you hire them or decide to do business with them. So many people and businesses misrepresent themselves that it just makes good sense to have anyone you plan on doing business with investigated beforehand.

2. Dating Background Checks – Investigate a potential dating partner before getting serious. Look for issues such as previous records of domestic violence, drugs, criminal activity or sex offender status. This is especially important if you have children. Checking out a potential partner before they are around your children is essential to ensure their wellbeing and safety.

3. Child Custody Case – A PI can serve as a witness in a child custody case and testify as to the actions, behaviors, comings and goings, character and known associates of a parent or both parents. PIs can gather evidence, interview witnesses, conduct surveillance and collect documentation on one or both parents as needed for a child custody case.

4. Personal Injury Investigation – If you’ve been injured, a PI can work to gather evidence you will need for a personal injury case. This includes pictures of the accident, police reports, 911 recordings and other essential information you and your attorney will need in court to win a personal injury judgment.

5. Infidelity Investigations – A PI can investigate whether your spouse is being unfaithful. Many infidelity investigations involve surveillance and photographs or video footage of your partner romantically engaging with another person. PIs can also use social media and internet investigations to gather evidence of infidelity as well.

6. Stalker Investigations – In the U.S. alone, 1.5 million people are stalked every year. In many cases, police don’t have the resources to collect the necessary evidence to prove you are being stalked and many stalkers walk free. PIs can collect evidence of the stalking behaviors, conduct background checks on stalkers, interview witnesses and gather information that will help get your stalker prosecuted.

7. Criminal Investigations – Criminal Investigator PIs can conduct criminal investigations for court cases or in cases where police don’t have jurisdiction, such as the internet or international crimes. Criminal investigators can work for the person accused of a crime to collect evidence that proves they are innocent. They can also work for attorneys and law enforcement to help collect evidence against a suspected criminal.

In short, a private investigator is there to help make sure evidence is collected properly in a variety of types of cases. Their goal is to get to the truth of a matter and present that evidence to the client, law enforcement or the courts. These are the top 7 reasons to hire a professional investigator to make sure the people you are dealing with are being honest with you.